Stallone, Condoleezza Rice refuse "Dancing" slots

Wed Sep 1, 2010 7:45am EDT
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By Leslie Bruce and James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - We've seen who will cut a rug on the next "Dancing With the Stars." But do you know who turned ABC down?

According to a source involved with casting, the network approached Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg to join the dance card for the show's 11th cycle but was unable to secure him.

The network also lobbied unsuccessfully for Sylvester Stallone, political commentator Ann Coulter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the real Erin Brockovich, billionaire Richard Branson, comic actor Tim Allen and former TV darling Suzanne Somers.

"We've approached a lot of people over the years," executive producer Conrad Green told The Hollywood Reporter. "People say no for a variety of reasons. Some people like the show but think they suck at dancing. It's a lot easier to say no than it is to say yes."

Others who have taken a pass: Reality star Kirstie Alley, "Community" star Joel McHale and "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey.

Although lobbying for a spot on the roster has proved successful in the past -- hello, Melissa Joan Hart -- the casting source said those who push usually have little success. "Melanie Griffith tries to get on every season," the source said.

And even before rehearsals begin, whispers of on-set drama are running rampant.

Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, already has been dubbed this season's Kate Gosselin, who was famously difficult at times last season. It also seems that the younger Palin has one mother of a chip on her shoulder.   Continued...